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Fly Fishing Conditions for July 1st 2018

 

Provo River Lower Section

The lower is fishing decent but not epic.  They bumped the flows of the river in the last few days to 650 cfs.  The fishing was pretty good until the bump.  The pmd are in full swing and there is some really decent dry fly fishing going on.  The best time to dry fly has been in the late afternoon.  They are taking size 14 and 16 pmd dries.  They have been picky so change your patterns consistently if you are getting denied.  The nymphing has better in the afternoon before the pmd’s start to hatch.  The mornings not so effective but there are still fish eating sows and midges.  The tubers are out in full so if you want to steer clear of the masses be off the water by noonish.

Flies

In the morning size 18 to 20 light colored sows and size 20 olive midge larvae.  Around 11 am start to fish barrs emergers in size 16 as well as pmd crackbacks or split cases in dark brown or rust brown.  Fish the barrs up higher in the water column and the nymph on the bottom.  The caddis’ are starting to come out at night so there is some late evening dry fly opportunities.

Conclusion

Fish early to avoid the tubers, nymph sows and midges in morning and pmds in the afternoon.  The dry fly action is only good in some sections of the river so search around, get in your car if need be.  The crowds haven’t been that bad.  The fishing will improve when the flows stay consistent which they haven’t be and may not with how dry a winter we had.

 

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